Australian Cyber Security Centre using classified capabilities to warn local entities of impending ransomware hit

While the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is engaged in helping a local organisation remove and recover from a ransomware hit or cyber attack, its overseer, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is able to use its more secretive powers to find out if any other organisations are on the attackers hit list.

Speaking about the attack on Channel Nine in March, director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate Rachel Noble told Senate Estimates that pre-warning organsations about any precursor activity on their networks or systems is part of ASD’s “value add”.

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Source: ZDNet